Rawlins, Wy – The state Corrections Department says a 68-year-old inmate at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins has died following an extended illness. David Allen Maher was serving four consecutive 5-8 year sentences for indecent liberties with a minor. He was sentenced in 1999 in Natrona County. The Corrections Department says Maher died Tuesday at the state prison. No other information was made available. A required autopsy has been ordered.
Cody, Wy – Cooler temperatures and lighter winds today (Wednesday) slowed a wildfire burning mostly wilderness area east of Yellowstone National Park. For the first time in several days, no red flag warning was in effect for the area where the Gunbarrel fire was burning. The fire is burning about six miles east of Yellowstone, or 40 miles west of Cody, Wyoming. It has burned about 51 square miles in the Shoshone National Forest. Firefighters are concentrating on protecting lodges and cabins
Jackson, Wy – Teton County voters are being asked to support three alternative transportation issues that will be on the ballot this month. Voters will be asked to support a one percent special purpose tax for a variety of projects including a start bus transit facility sidewalks in the downtown Jackson area and a Pathway from Wilson to Jackson on Highway 22. Friends of Pathways Director Tim Young, says Pathway projects have gotten a lot of support in Teton County, because such issues are important to the area. The projects are part of a larger special purpose tax ballot question.
Laramie, Wyo. – Governor Dave Freudenthal says rising food and fuel costs will force the state to adjust budgets for many departments.
"For instance we built our budget for motor vehicles, for the state motor pool, on three-dollar-a-gallon gas. Similarly with regard to school districts, in terms of the funding formula, we pay 100 percent of the costs of transportation. That's gone up," Freudenthal explained.
The Governor said he the exact formula for getting the money to those departments will be worked out later.
Laramie, Wyo. – Eighty-seven Wyoming schools have failed to meet the standards set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The Department of Education released yearly progress reports today.
Five of the 87 schools that failed to meet yearly standards missed the mark for the fifth consecutive year. Under No Child Left Behind, schools are required to continually improve from year to year so that all students perform at or above grade level by 2014.